Utsav Agrawal

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Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in our body and in animal products like meat,egg and dairy. It plays an important role in production of hormones, is a precursor of Vitamin D , is a component of each cell, and many other functions.

Your Liver can make all the cholesterol that it need. Cholesterol being a Lipid cannot be transported via blood. Here comes Lipoproteins in play. Lipoprotein as the name suggest has core of lipid(cholesterol) and shell of protein. There are High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) and Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL). HDL is referred as "good Cholesterol" as it brings cholesterol from dyeing cells to the liver so that it can be secreted out and LDL is referred as "Bad Cholesterol" as it transport Cholesterol from Liver to different body organs. Having high cholesterol from diet is often considered dangerous. If you consume less dietary cholesterol then your body will make additional cholesterol and vice versa. Hence, having diet high in cholesterol is not a problem as your body will itself regulate it. In actual what you should worry about is the ratio of HDL and LDL. Always prefer to maintain high levels of HDL and low levels of LDL. Minimum requirement for HDL is 55mg/dL(Female) and 45mg/dL(male). And maximum level of LDL should not be more than 130mg/dL. Healthy food items rich in cholesterol are: > Eggs > Cheese > Fish > Organ meat And to maintain healthy levels cholesterol: > Exercise regularly >Increase dietary fibre intake >Reduce stress > Quit smoking > Include Omega-3 in diet > Lose weight

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